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Baylor sets offensive focusfor matchup with Kansas

Nov. 5, 1999


Sports Editor

Getting a win isn't the main concern for the football team this week. More important for the Bears is playing sound football. The team' s offensive output has ground to a halt with the Bears only scoring 14 points in the past two games, but the team has had moderate success from a defensive standpoint.

'Defensively, as of the North Texas game, there have been some changes in the way that we have implemented some things, the way we installed them and the way we taught some things,' head Coach Kevin Steele said. 'It isn't different in the terms of the scheme but in the way they were implemented, and it has paid off.'

The defense continues to make baby-step improvements, and to maintain focus and remain positive, the unit has a system of smaller goals they try to reach each game. Defensive coordinator Andrea 'Brick' Haley said those goals usually do not show up in the final statistics, but are important team markers.They include things like not giving up 20-yard plays and forcing the other offense to use numerous plays to get into scoring position.

'They [the players] have to be told that they are doing well and that they are improving,' he added. 'Those are the things that build their confidence.'

The Bears must get offense out of the passing attack if they are to be successful against the University of Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. In addition, the strong defense that has kept the Bears semi-close has to play strong if they expect to first play well and second break their 10-game Big 12 Conference losing streak.

The last time that the Bears and Jayhawks met was in Waco last season. The Bears won the game, their last conference victory, 31-24 and lead the all-time series 3-1. But according to the coaches, the Jayhawks have a competitive passing attack behind a 'special kind of quarterback' in junior Dylen Smith and a tough running game behind junior running backs Moran Morris and David Winbush this season.

The game will begin at 1 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan.